Highrock Brookline announced today that Kat Hampson will become its new Lead Pastor following a vote at a members’ meeting on February 28, 2021.
Meeting Jesus, encountering Jesus, experiencing Jesus changes what we think and believe - about love, about power, about family, about money, about poverty. Changed by God, we reflect God’s heart out into the world. The letter of James helps us do just that. James doesn’t stay in the world of ideas and theory. James knows that what we say we believe doesn’t matter at all unless what we believe transforms every single aspect of our lives. The internal and the external go hand in hand - like dance partners, responding to each other, constantly evolving and growing.
But the bottom line is this: what is inside of us is connected to what is outside. The letter of James is a giant sermon….or as we’re calling it, a Giant Preach.
Psychologists have a term for this splitting we all experience in our minds. It’s called cognitive dissonance. Cognitive Dissonance. It’s what happens when we disagree with ourselves. When two competing beliefs or values take up residence in our minds at the same time.
And this concept is all over the Bible. The Psalmists and the Prophets talk about having a divided heart - literally, heart and heart, between our God and other gods, between God’s values and the competing values of the culture and community.
And in our passage today, James coins a new term, never seen in Greek literature before he wrote: Dipsuchos. It literally means, two-souled. Double-minded. Split-Brain.
All the while, God's deep desire is to transform split, disintegrated, self-protective hearts into whole, beating, unified, living ones.